Lower Lough Erne
Set off from Enniskillen
The route around Lower Lough Erne sets out and returns to Enniskillen. Enniskillen town is uniquely situated in the centre of the county between Upper and Lower Lough Erne. Offering a plethora of attractions and activities, historic Enniskillen should be on your list of must see destinations.
Take time to discover the hidden corners such as The Buttermarket in the heart of the town, which houses nineteen art, design and craft stores. Here you can purchase some of the best art and craft products, all of which have been made in Fermanagh.
Enniskillen Castle is situated along the banks of the River Erne it is the perfect place to begin exploring Fermanagh’s rich history. Home to Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum, visitors to Enniskillen Castle can also enjoy seven new galleries which tell the story of the local area from prehistoric to modern times, including the recent excavation of the Drumclay Crannog in Enniskillen.
The complex also boasts a stunning new purpose built visitor centre – with impressive views of Lough Erne and the Castle’s redeveloped grounds and gardens – with a genealogy service also available.
Devenish Island is one of the finest monastic sites in Ireland. Take time to explore the ancient ruins located on the island each with their own story to tell. The island is only accessible by boat. (For boat trips contact Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre +44(0) 28 6632 5000).
On leaving Enniskillen the route takes you to Tully Castle along the banks of Lough Erne where the impressive remains of a fortified house are set on beautiful Tully Point.
Cliffs of Magho
West Fermanagh boasts some of the most scenic viewpoints in Ireland, marvel at the magnificent views over Lough Erne from Magho Cliff’s with its many islands in full view. There are also panoramic views of Mullaghmore and Slieve League, while Lough Navar Forest has many heather clad walks to enjoy. Correl Glen National Nature Reserve at the entrance to the forest is also worth a visit.
From Belleek to Boa Island
The picturesque village of Belleek is famous around the world for its Belleek Pottery. When you step into the world of Belleek Pottery you enter one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most fascinating attractions. Established in 1857, Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of Co Fermanagh. Visitors have the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in the Belleek experience, original and unique pieces are made using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation.
If you love mystery, then on leaving Belleek head for Boa Island. Boa Island is named after Boadhbh, the Celtic war-goddess. The island is linked at either end by causeways to the mainland. This is the home of the iconic Janus figure. At the west end of the island is a sign to Caldragh Cemetery. A bumpy road leads to a graveyard, once the site of an ancient church.
Return to Enniskillen for the night
The last part of the journey takes you past Castle Archdale on your return to Enniskillen. The country park boasts beautiful woodlands and lough shore walks. Castle Archdale was the main flying boat base from which they flew during WWII and this is highlighted in an exhibition in the centre.
Spend the evening relaxing by the shore of Lough Erne in one of the many pubs and restaurants in Enniskillen.